If the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is successful, green buildings will soon become the rule instead of the exception. By codifying green building standards, the IGCC has the potential to make major strides to advance green building practices on a scale that has been unattainable through LEED and other similar voluntary green building standards.
We are currently in the period for public commentary on the proposed International Green Construction Code (IGCC), we at Green Building Law Update have decided to do a series highlighting some of the proposed IGCC provisions. Most of you do not have time to read the entire 243 page proposed code but that is what interns are for.
Overall, the IGCC seeks to expand on the current voluntary green building certifications (LEED, etc.) by providing a green construction code standard that can be implemented in various jurisdictions while allowing for adjustments for specific local concerns.
If your city decides to adopt the IGCC, Green Building Law Update wants you to be prepared and know what it means for you and your business. Each Wednesday we will post a proposed code section and a short analysis. Please feel free to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed code in the comments. Please also note that if you are especially passionate about a certain provision of the IGCC that the public commentary period runs until August 12, 2011. The IGCC is expected to be finalized by January 2012.
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